Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D.

Charles and Helen Schwab Professor in Dyslexia and Learning Development at Yale University and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity ,

Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D.

Charles and Helen Schwab Professor in Dyslexia and Learning Development at Yale University and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

Both a child neurologist and neuroscientist, Dr. Shaywitz’ research applies functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand the neurobiology of reading and dyslexia in children and adults. These studies have been critical in identifying a neural signature for dyslexia, making a previously hidden disability visible, and for the first time demonstrating the brain basis for the lack of fluency in dyslexia. A recent paper published in the November 2015 issue of Journal of Pediatrics found that the “Achievement Gap in Reading is Present as Early as First Grade and Persists Through Adolescence.” Another recent study examines the economic and personal impact of dyslexia on adults. A study in progress examines the relationship between measures of adult literacy and the reading of those same adults as children. The author of over 300 scientific papers, Dr. Shaywitz’ honors include election to membership in the National Academy of Medicine within the National Academies (of Science, Engineering and Medicine) and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Washington University. Dr. Shaywitz currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Adult Literacy X Prize and has been selected annually for Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors. Along with Dr. Sally Shaywitz, he has spoken about dyslexia at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Dr. Shaywitz’ Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity has recently published Dyslexia: Profiles of Success, a book which highlights the extraordinary achievements of many prominent dyslexics, including Rebecca Aragon (law), David Boies (law), Delos Cosgrove (Medicine), Ari Emanuel (entertainment), Brian Grazer (movies), Charles Schwab (finance) and Diane Swonk (economics).

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